The kitchen is a haven not just for tummy, but also a trusted source for a quick and cheap skincare quick fix.
Tea Bags for Eye Bags
Put 2 tea bags in the refrigerator as a remedy for puffy and tired eyes. Take the tea bags out and place them on your eyelids for 10 minutes.
Papaya Mask for whiter and brighter skin
Enzymatic exfoliants break down dead skin cells. These are found in papaya and pineapple, both of which contain bromelain. Just blend or mash ¼ cup papaya with 1 tablespoon of fresh pineapple juice and then leave on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar to Get rid of breakouts (and body fat)
There are few uses for the amazing ingredient:
- Raw apple cider vinegar can improve your digestion and help you lose weight. Taking a tablespoon first thing in the morning.
- It can act as a toner to combat acne prone skin. Pour a little apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad and then apply it just like a toner. It kills bacteria and tones the skin. Rinse off and continue with your regular skincare routine.
- Apple cider vinegar removes product build up in the hair (just add a teaspoon to your shampoo once a week).
Honey + Night Cream = Sleeping Mask
Honey is a humectant, which pulls moisture into your skin. That makes any moisturizer work just like a special sleeping mask! Mix a few drops of honey into your usual night cream once a week.
Baking Soda makes a clarifying shampoo
Put a teaspoon of baking soda into your regular shampoo once a week to cut through product buildup.
Use sake as a dark spot remover
A natural remedy from the geishas. Sake has compounds that stops the skin from forming melanin, which causes dark skin. Use a cotton ball to apply on acne spots, or dark underarms or knees.
Banana to combat dry and dull hair
The recipe for a revitalizing hair mask: mash a banana and an egg! Massage the paste onto your scalp and hair and leave for half an hour then rinse off with regular shampoo.
Coffee scrub to treat cellulite
Use old coffee grounds as a body scrub to exfoliate for a smoother skin. The caffeine constricts your blood vessels to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Mix oatmeal into your facial wash
Uses for uncooked oatmeal as beauty routine:
- As a facial scrub – Mix uncooked instant oatmeal into your facial cleanser twice a week. Gently massage into your face to exfoliate. This is a good exfoliant for people with sensitive skin!
- As a moisturizing mask by mixing it with honey
- As a whitening hand and foot scrub, mix it with coconut virgin oil and lemon juice.
Use champagne as a toner
If you have champagne left over from a dinner party, pour it into a small bottle and use it as a toner. Champagne contains grape seed extract, an ingredient full of antioxidants and Vitamin C and E. Keep in the refrigerator or use within a week.
Use virgin coconut oil to remove makeup
Coconut oil can be used to remove waterproof eye makeup and long-wearing foundation. Pour a little coconut oil onto your fingertips and massage gently into your skin. Wipe it off with cotton pads and use your regular facial wash.
Citrus to Lighten dark elbows and knees
Vitamin C that will lighten the skin and break down the rough skin. Take lemon halves (or orange halves) and rub on your elbows and knees.
Lemon to Get rid of blackheads
Pour a little honey on half a lemon and rub it on the areas of your face that are prone to blackheads. Leave it on for five minutes and rinse off. It is best done at night as lemon can make your face more sensitive to the sun.
Rice water to Wash your face
Another tip from the Japanese geishas – washed skin and hair with rice water. It has moisturizing and healing properties.
Use the water that washes the rice grains. Just the second round of water as the first rinse will include dirt and residue. During the second wash, leave the rice to soak in the water for at least 10 minutes. Then pour out the water into a cup, and then use it to wash your face and hair.
Turmeric to give smoother feet
Mix a few teaspoons of turmeric with coconut oil and rub it all over your feet. Leave this on for 10 minutes. Benefits include:
- Lighten skin
- Kills bacteria that can cause athlete’s foot and other infections